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Ian Rapoport on K&C: I don't think long-term extension for Tom Brady was ever in consideration

Ryan Hannable
September 07, 2018 - 11:05 am

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport joined Kirk & Callahan with Gerry Callahan, Mike Mutnansky and Rob Bradford Friday morning to touch on a number of things, including Tom vs. Time, but also looking at Brady's future.

In recent weeks, the quarterback had some incentives added to his contract, but the 41-year-old remains signed through the end of next year even though he's maintained he wants to play until he's 45. Many thought an extension would have got done this offseason, as having two years remaining has been the time where Brady typically has signed them.

Of course, that didn't happen, but Rapoport doesn't believe it was ever in play.

“I don’t think it was ever a consideration," he said. "… To me, a long-term extension was never really in discussion because how much longer does he have left? I know he says he wants to play until he’s 45, everybody says that. I think Brady is the best, probably the best player to ever play, but at some point it will be time. One thing the Patriots do, and you see it every year, is they assess everyone with an open mind at the beginning of training camp. We saw it with Reggie Wayne and Tedy Bruschi and Eric Decker this year, who they were going to release before he retired. You don’t know what kind of player is going to show up until they get to training camp. You don’t know when it is going to be the time when it is like, ‘Alright, this is the end.’

"I think with Brady a long-term extension wouldn’t necessarily make sense because you don’t know how long-term it is going to be. You have two years left and beyond that nobody really knows so it leaves the band-aid contract reworking make him a little better compensated.”

Brady's contract in 2019 remained unchanged as he has a base salary of $14 million and a $27 million cap hit.

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